When VAIO parted ways with Sony to start work on its very own phone we had very high hopes for something special. However, we can’t help but feel a little letdown by the first VAIO smartphone, as it is more of a make-do device rather than something that truly grabs your attention.
What makes matters worse is that there is a deep resemblance to the Nexus 4 and even Panasonic’s Eluga U2 come to that. No doubt there will be outrage from people claiming this to be more of a Nexus 4 clone than an all-new design, and we they would have every good reason to think that.
Ok, so we know that things are very tough in the smartphone market and can become very hard for companies to come up with an original design, especially if catering more towards the entry-level market.
However, flouting a design that is very similar to that of a handset from back in November 2012 and passing it off as an all-new design is a kick in the teeth.
It’s worth remembering that this first VAIO Phone is currently only for the Japanese market, and we know they have a higher tolerance for handsets that look overly similar to other models.
With that being said, the VAIO Phone specs are not too bad, as you get a 5-inch, 720p display, a 13-megapixel camera to the rear, a 1.2GHz processor and 2GB of RAM. The price is around 4,000 yen per month, which converts to around $33. However, for 51,000 yen, or $420 you can purchase the handset outright, which does sound a bit expensive.